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Seniors Taking Action Against Fake News
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on March 26, 2020 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNews

A recent study presented by researchers at Princeton University and New York University’s Social Media and Political Participation Lab, featured in the journal Science Advances, shows that Facebook users over 65 are more susceptible to spreading fake news stories on social media than users under 29. Seniors across the country are participating in digital literacy courses to take action against the spread of false news.

"People who are not digital natives didn't grow up online, having a sort of a natural relationship to using computers and the Internet. … Digital literacy is something that can be taught and it's a skill that can be developed," Andrew Guess, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, told NPR.

Digital literacy is more important than ever with the upcoming election and COVID-19 pandemic. Being able to decipher fact from fiction online is imperative to sustaining a functioning and healthy society.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions shared this infographic to help spot fake news. To download this image click here.

Some great fact checking sites to help combat the spread of fake news are:

For more information, resources, and class activity suggestions for adult learners, visit https://www.newreaderspress.com/news-literacy.





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